Columbia, SC (PRWEB) March 14, 2013
Columbia SC auto accident lawyer Ben Matthews of Matthews & Megna today said increasing the minimum coverage for uninsured motorists policies would be an important step toward better protecting drivers involved in serious accidents. Matthews cited a recent effort by the South Carolina’s state senate to consider a bill that would increase the mandatory minimum coverage for uninsured motorist policies statewide.
If the bill becomes law, the mandatory minimum coverage for uninsured South Carolina motorists would increase from $10,000 to $25,000 per driver, according to The State on March 6.
In 2006, South Carolina lawmakers increased the minimums for many different types of car insurance, but those changes did not include coverage for uninsured motorists, The State reported.
Matthews, a personal injury lawyer in Columbia, said all South Carolina drivers are required to have auto insurance, but many drivers are not adequately covered for uninsured driver accidents. The minimum amount of coverage currently required for other types of car insurance in South Carolina is $25,000 for bodily injury per person, $50,000 for bodily injury per accident and $25,000 for property damage per accident, Matthews said.
“I encourage drivers to check out their policies to make sure they have enough coverage to protect them if they are involved in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver. Drivers involved in a hit-and-run accident, for example, will need adequate uninsured motorist coverage on their own policies to pay for their losses.
Being involved in an auto accident with an uninsured motorist can be extremely complicated, Matthews said.
“Ideally, drivers will never need to use insurance for uninsured motorists,” Matthews said. “Unfortunately, some accidents cost more than the minimum amount of coverage. Anyone involved in a serious uninsured motorist accident should speak with an experienced attorney about their rights. An uninsured or underinsured motorist accident can have a devastating impact both financially and emotionally.”
About Matthews & Megna
Serving the Columbia, Florence, Darlington and all of South Carolina since 1985, attorneys Ben Matthews and Tony R. Megna have handled thousands of cases and won major settlements for clients, whether settling out of court or going to trial. Matthews & Megna’s areas of practice include bankruptcy law, auto accidents and workers’ compensation cases. They also handle truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, golf cart accidents and moped accidents. The law firm handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. As a result, clients only pay for legal services if they win.
Along with an office in Darlington, the law firm’s main office is located at 3406 West Avenue, Columbia, SC 29203. To schedule a free case evaluation or for more information, call (803) 799-1700 or use the firm’s online contact form.